Master's degree student awarded Erasmus Mundus Scholarship

Master's degree student awarded Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
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Eagle Scout rank awarded to Troop 610 Scouts

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ROSS Management Services is Awarded Management Responsibilities for Coliseum Lofts

ROSS Management Services, a leader in multifamily property management, today announced it has taken over management responsibilities for Coliseum Lofts, a 123-unit market rate, student-oriented community located at 1359 West Broad Street, Richmond, Va.

Situated directly across the street from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in the high-demand Monroe District of Richmond, the Coliseum Lofts, owned by Time Equities Inc. (TEI), offers convenient access to restaurants, shopping and all amenities offered by the university. TEI selected ROSS Management Services because of its extensive experience increasing asset value through its innate ability to market to the right property demographic at the right time, its strengthening of resident relationships and improving the efficiency and professionalism of apartment operations.

ROSS Management Services has a sterling reputation in multifamily operations, management and enhancing asset valuation through superior operational performance, said Brad Gordon, director of residential acquisitions with Time Equities Inc. They are forward-thinking, resident-centric and collaborative. These attributes are what we want from a third-party manager representing TEI as were committed to the quality and value afforded to the residents and communities. We believe this partnership will be advantageous not only for the portfolio of communities, but also for the residents who call Coliseum Lofts home.

The company will revamp the communitys digital marketing strategy to make it easier for students, and their parents, to find information on Coliseum Lofts and to lease an apartment home. As part of the effort, ROSS Management Services will boost the communitys search engine marketing program, including its search engine optimization activities and its pay-per-click advertising efforts, while also implementing technologies that enable students to lease and parents to co-sign for leases all online. In addition, ROSS will employ its award-winning reputation management platform to strengthen Coliseum Lofts reputation on review sites like Yelp, ApartmentRatings and Google.

ROSS Management Services will also update technology-based services for Coliseum Lofts residents, including the addition of online rent payments, an online resident portal and resident satisfaction surveys. These services are designed to exceed the technology expectations of the student population and deliver the conveniences they expect from their apartment community.

We are focused on enhancing the lifestyles of our residents with a customer-friendly approach that builds strong relationships and leverages innovative technology that makes living at a ROSS community meaningful for our residents, said David J. Miskovich, chief operating officer of ROSS Management Services. Time Equities is a fantastic organization that aligns with our desire to provide the best living experience to our residents. They understand a well run, customer-centric apartment community has an exponential positive impact on the value of the asset and the value to the neighborhood it serves. The synergies between our organizations will forge a powerful partnership.

Coliseum Lofts offers studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes along with several live-work spaces. Inside the apartments, residents enjoy sleeping lofts, high ceilings with skylights and ceiling fans and trendy exposed brick walls, while all utilities, internet and cable are included in the rent. Amenities offered are a business center, entertainment room with video games and recliners, bike racks and an electronic entry system.

With the addition of Coliseum Lofts, ROSS Management Services currently operates over30 apartment communities, representing over 10,000 units, in the Mid-Atlantic area.

About ROSS Companies

ROSS Companies, founded in 1983 in Bethesda, Md., is a recognized leader in multi-family acquisitions and investment, development, property management and renovation. With a managed portfolio of more than 10,000 apartment homes in over 30 communities, the privately-held company is one of the most active multifamily real estate firms in the Mid-Atlantic region. ROSS Companies is comprised of three affiliates ROSS Development & Investment, ROSS Management Services and ROSS Renovation & Construction. In 2015, ROSS Development & Investment is celebrating its 31st anniversary and ROSS Management Services is celebrating 26 years in business. In 2015, 19 ROSS-managed apartment communities were awarded the Apartment Ratings 2014 Top Rated Award, reflecting ROSS Companies unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. These annual awards recognize communities with outstanding resident satisfaction ratings as measured on For more information about ROSS Companies, visit

About Time Equities Inc.

Founded in 1966, privately-held Time Equities, Inc. (TEI) has been in the real estate investment, development and asset & property management business for more than 45 years. With properties in 25 states, four Canadian provinces and Germany, the TEI portfolio consists of approximately 20 million square feet of residential, industrial, office and retail property. For more information, please visit

2015 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awarded to Flair Communication President, Debby Girvan

Fredericksburg, Virginia (PRWEB) June 09, 2015

Debby Girvan, President of Flair Communication was honored with the 2015 Meta R. Braymer Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the University of Mary Washingtons Center for Economic Development at a May 28 business event in Fredericksburg, Virginia attended by area military veterans and featuring U.S. Congressman Rob Wittman.

Brian Baker, Executive Director for Economic Development, presented the award which is given to a woman business owner on the basis of commitment to their enterprise, industry leadership, proven business success and dedication to the community. The award is named after Meta R. Braymer, Vice President for Economic Development and Regional Engagement at UMW who retired in 2013.

Remarkable Business Growth

Since its launch in 2010, Flair Communication has generated average gross revenue increases of 188% per year for the past three years. The business currently serves nearly 60 clients located in the Washington, D.C.-Metro Region, the Fredericksburg Region, Richmond, Miami, Atlanta, Houston & Chicago and includes the Marine Corps Aviation Association, the Virginia Horse Industry Board, NBC TV Chief Criminal Analyst, Clint Van Zandt and many small businesses & organizations.

Support for the Community

Flair Communication has provided pro-bono or reduced rate marketing, public relations & web services for several non-profits in the Fredericksburg Community including Washington Heritage Museums, Sunshine Ballpark Foundation & Loisanns Hope House. It supports other community organizations as a sponsor or donor including: The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock Region, Ducks Unlimited, James Monroe High School, and Empower House.

About Flair Communication

Flair Communication is a digital marketing firm located in Fredericksburg, Virginia specializing in website design, hosting & maintenance services, social media marketing, branding, photography, print & marketing consulting services. Its expertise includes small business, healthcare, non-profit, and education marketing. It was established in September, 2010.

About Debby Girvan

Debby Girvan is a former At-Large Member of the Fredericksburg City Council (2004-2008) and has served on many local organization boards. She was a 2014 contestant in the University of Mary Washington Dancing with the Fredericksburg Stars Event that benefits the universitys performing arts programs & scholarships.

In 2013, Mrs. Girvan was recognized with a Volunteer Champion Award by the UMW Center for Economic Development for pro-bono consulting services shes provided to startup businesses at UMWs Small Business Development Center since 2011.

Mrs. Girvan is a graduate of George Mason University (B.A., Communications) and earned a Graduate Certificate in Marketing from Georgetown University. Shes worked in marketing and public relations roles for 30 years. Shes a member of Women in Communications and the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Beyond Business As Usual is not just my companys tagline but the work ethic I strive to live up to everyday. Its very satisfying to operate a profitable business but the real reward is cultivating positive, client relationships and sharing mutual success, ” says Debby Girvan.

Avoka Awarded Top Innovation Honors at Citi Mobile Challenge EMEA

Broomfield, CO (PRWEB) June 02, 2015

Avoka, the leader in digital customer acquisition for the financial services industry, announced today that its Avoka Transact solution has been awarded Most Innovative Customer Engagement Solution in the Citi Mobile Challenge EMEA. Transact, a highly recognized digital business platform for frictionless sales and service transactions, simplifies the account opening portion of a customer journey, enabling submission of a credit card or loan application in just a few steps, across mobile, desktop and branch channels.

Citi Mobile Challenge EMEA launched in February and invited developers to build and present concepts and solutions based on Citi’s digital platform at events in Jerusalem, London, Nairobi and Warsaw. Teams from 18 countries presented 77 working prototypes to Citi executives and technology influencers at four Demo Days in April held each of those cities.

The Citi Mobile challenge was an extraordinary event for leaders in the FinTech market. Our approach to creating a frictionless customer experience continues to draw praise and more importantly, to enhance customer experiences and improve conversion rates for financial institutions, stated Phil Copeland, CEO at Avoka. At the Citi Mobile Challenge, we demonstrated how a credit card application could be reduced to just a few steps, by incorporating social media presence to pre-fill an application across multiple mobile devices.

We received more than 740 applications across 101 countries for this competition, said Heather Cox, Chief Client Experience, Digital and Marketing Officer for Global Consumer Banking at Citi. The quality and of the ideas was exceptional and we saw a tremendous variety of solutions at our Demo Days in Nairobi, Jerusalem, Warsaw and London. These developers can help us transform banking and fuel progress across other industries. We are so excited to work with them.

About Avoka

Avoka delivers frictionless digital sales and service transactions. For financial services, field service, and government, Avoka software creates seamless omni-channel customer experiences that increase account openings and reduce abandonment. Avoka was founded in 2002 and has digitized over 100 million transactions for 150+ global clients. Avoka is based in Broomfield, CO, London, England and Sydney, Australia. Visit us at

Crawford Technologies Awarded BMAs 2015 Gold Key Award for Innovative Website Redesign

TORONTO, ON (PRWEB) May 05, 2015

Crawford Technologies announced today it has been awarded a 2015 Gold Key Award from the Colorado Chapter of the Business Marketing Association (BMA) for the redesign of Crawford Technologies website in 2014. The Gold Key Award was presented to the CrawfordTech marketing team on Friday, May 1, at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science with over 300 people in attendance.

The launch of the new Crawford Technologies website in March 2014 represented a shift in focus for how our company communicates our value and capabilities to our customers, said Scott Baker, Executive Vice President, Crawford Technologies.

Envisioned and executed by our Marketing Communications Manager, Jonathan Malone-McGrew, the project was built from the ground up in collaboration with our website and SEO partners at Joe Sonne Marketing and Big Footprint Digital. The result was the ability to launch a responsive platform that will scale with our growth and allow us to communicate more effectively with our customers, partners and the industry well into the future.

The Gold Key Award is recognized as Colorados most prestigious competition dedicated solely to business-to-business marketing communications. This years program received 200 submissions from some of Colorados top B2B businesses and agencies. A panel of six independent judges representing agency and corporate marketing professionals across the country scored entries in more than 65 categories on objectives, creativity, production and results.

The Board of Directors extends our congratulations to this years winners. Each are to be commended for being the very best in business-to-business marketing, said Colorado BMA Executive Director Marilee Yorchak.

With an emphasis on quality and results, the BMA Gold Key Awards are highly coveted by Colorado marketers.

In the fourth quarter of 2014, Crawford Technologies new website generated a 38% increase in page views, 14% increase in organic search traffic, 21% increase in average pages per session, 7% increase in time on site, 7% decrease in bounces, 389% increase in social referrals and a 399% mobile and tablet traffic increase year over year.

To view a complete list of BMA award winners, please go to

About BMA Colorado

Dedicated exclusively to the discipline of business-to-business marketing, the Colorado chapter of the Business Marketing Association (BMA) is the premier organization for marketing professionals in the region. Its membership is comprised of more than 500 business-to-business marketing practitioners employed by the regions leading corporations, agencies, suppliers, and small businesses. As one of the largest marketing organizations in the region and the largest BMA chapter in the country, BMA Colorado enriches the professional lives of its members by offering unparalleled opportunities for education, networking, and recognition, as well as exclusive access to industry resources and services. To learn more about BMA Colorado, visit

About Crawford Technologies

Crawford Technologies is an award-winning, worldwide leader in print-stream conversions, document re-engineering, high-volume document workflow, document accessibility and archiving software solutions. For 20 years, Crawford Technologies has expanded its solution offerings in Customer Communications Management (CCM), Enterprise Output Management (EOM), Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Document Accessibility markets. CrawfordTech is dedicated to helping organizations improve their customer communications delivery systems so people can receive their documents in their format and channel of preference.

For media and other enquiries please contact the CrawfordTech Press Office:

North America Tel: +1-416-923-0080

UK Tel: +44 (0)20 3289 4724


SETA International Awarded New Contracts for Software Solutions & Technical Consulting

Costa Mesa, CA (PRWEB) April 29, 2015

SETA International, the global software and services company, is pleased to announce the signing of several new clients. The companies, which span a range of industries, have selected SETA as a partner to develop end-to-end technology services. The business-to-business and business-to-consumer projects will include solutions for cloud, Web or mobile-based platforms. Project development work commences immediately.

We are thrilled to be working with this prominent group of category leaders. Each company fills a critical void within their industries and are developing applications that will have a significant impact on their business. We are off to a strong 2015 and look forward to working with todays entrepreneurs and innovators, says Thu Truong, VP of Operations, SETA International.

In a recent client survey, SETA was recognized for its ability to take an idea and make it a reality, on time, on budget and with extremely high satisfaction rates from clients. We truly see ourselves as a partner to project success for our clients around the world, adds Ms. Truong.

Several of the new client additions include:

Launch! The company provides entrepreneurs a blueprint to launch and grow their business and succeed in todays marketplace.

Content Market Founded to help solve the gap that most companies have with consistently publishing content that their audiences find compelling enough to share.

Avumo Currently in the development stages, Avumo is a SaaS-based mobile web site development platform.

Barrel Horse Racing An app ( that immediately tells users how they placed and whether or not they are a jackpot winner. Helps independent restaurant owners succeed.

DJ Mixes Providing SaaS-based social media application primarily targeted for music artists.

Beep Beep Developers of SaaS-based geo tracking systems.

About SETA International

Founded in 2008, SETA International with its headquarters in Orange County, CA is an industry leading systems integrator that specializes in system integrations, technical consulting and custom software development solutions. With 400+ talented employees in the US, Ireland, Japan, and Vietnam, SETA has contributed to the success of 500+ clients worldwide across all industries such as beauty, fashion, finance, education, entertainment, gaming, government, insurance, manufacturing, medical, restaurant, social media, toll road, travel, and many more.

Future Retail Professional Scholarship Awarded by Natural Insight

LAS VEGAS, NV (PRWEB) April 27, 2015

Today, Natural Insight, a leader in enterprise cloud applications for retail merchandising and field marketing, awarded Lauren Wellenstein, a student at University of Wisconsin – Madison, a $ 1,000 scholarship.

Developed in conjunction with the Kohls Center for Retail at the University of Wisconsin Madison, the Natural Insight Future Retail Professional Scholarship program provided funding for four finalists to attend the annual Retail Merchandising and Marketing Conference hosted by the World Alliance for Retail Excellence and Standards in Las Vegas, NV.

The runner-up finalists were Kelly McCamley, Lauren Freedman, and Morgan Loomis.

The winner, Lauren Wellenstein, was formally recognized at the WARES annual gala on Sunday night. A student of University of Wisconsin, Lauren is studying Consumer Affairs and Communication Arts.

We are excited to recognize all four finalist as future retail industry leaders said Stefan Midford, President and CEO of Natural Insight. All of them, and especially Lauren our winner, have demonstrated an ability and a desire to innovate within the retail industry and were pleased to enable their attendance at the RMMC and help further their education.

Jerry OBrien, Director of the Kohls Center for Retail Excellence at the University of Wisconsin said, This opportunity has been invaluable to these students. They have been able to make connections with industry professionals and gain real life experiences which will help launch their careers once they graduate.

About Natural Insight

Supporting 60,000 skilled professionals in more than 110,000 locations worldwide, Natural Insight is a leading provider of cloud-based workforce management software to merchandisers, product companies, event marketers and retailers. Natural Insight is privately held and headquartered in Sterling, VA with offices in Toronto, Canada and Birmingham, England. Visit

About University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for Retailing Excellence

Our mission is to nurture a synergistic relationship between the retail industry, its partners, and the world-class faculty, staff, and students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This relationship is to be built on the highest ethical standards and dedicated to improving the lives of consumers, productivity of the industry, and elevating the status of retail by fueling innovation and competition in the market place.

About World Alliance for Retail Excellence & Standards

World Alliance for Retail Excellence & Standards (WARES) is an alliance of at-retail companies committed to delivering exceptional sales, marketing and service support to B2C manufacturers and retailers across all channels and countries. Its members are retailers, manufacturers, distributors/wholesalers, food and non-food brokers, retail service providers and support service providers working collaboratively in the retail space.

Infinity Shoes Awarded Google Trusted Stores Badge

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 24, 2015

Infinity Shoes, an online shoe seller, was recently selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program. To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to e-commerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service. When visiting the Infinity Shoes website, shoppers will see a Google Trusted Store badge and can click on it for more information.

“We are very pleased to be included in the Google Trusted Stores program as it provides additional trust and protection each time a customer places an order with our company,” says Dan Kenigsberg, CEO of Infinity Shoes.

When a shopper makes a purchase at a Google Trusted Store, they have the option to select free purchase protection from Google. Then in the unlikely event of an issue with their purchase, they can request Googles help, and Google will work with Infinity Shoes and the customer to address the issue. As part of this, Google offers up to $ 1,000 lifetime purchase protection for eligible purchases.

Google Trusted Stores is entirely free, both for shoppers and for online stores. The program helps online stores like Infinity Shoes attract new customers, increase sales and differentiate themselves by showing off their excellent service via the badge on their websites.

In business since 1991, Infinity Shoes offers the best of both worlds-the ease of online shopping plus the personal attention of a family-run retailer. Based in New York City, they offer a curated collection of well-priced mens and womens brands that range from the fashion forward Miz Mooz and A.S.98 to style standards like New Balance, TOMS, Timberland, and more. An authentically New York mix of the trendy and the timeless backed by informative customer service, easy returns, and free shipping on all domestic U.S. orders over $ 50.

Onapsis Awarded Key Patent for Automated Cyber-Security Assessment of SAP Systems and Business-Critical Applications

Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 15, 2015

Onapsis, the global experts in business-critical application security and SAP cybersecurity solutions, announced today the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 9,009,837 entitled Automated Security Assessment of Business-Critical Systems and Applications. The patented innovation, developed by Onapsis CEO and co-Founder Mariano Nunez in 2010, describes certain algorithms and capabilities behind the technology powering the Onapsis Security Platform and Onapsis X1 software platforms.

In particular, the patent covers a new application security assessment framework that allows auditing and testing systems to automatically perform security and compliance audits, detect technical security vulnerabilities, and illustrate the associated security risks affecting business-critical applications. By automating the cybersecurity assessments of business-critical applications such as SAP, the technology represents the first of its kind and gives CISOs the assurance that they are employing unparalleled threat detection and protection methods not provided by traditional security solutions.

This patent award validates the strength and uniqueness of the Onapsis technology, and our position as a proven source for cybersecurity solutions,” said Mariano Nunez, CEO and co-Founder of Onapsis. Our customers have been relying on the methods implemented in this technology since its creation in 2010, and now this patent truly solidifies our innovation. The Onapsis Research Labs are the cornerstone of our efforts to provide actionable intelligence on threats affecting SAP systems and our innovative methods are now recognized and protected.

In 2014 alone over 391 security alerts aecting SAP were issued, with 46 percent of them ranked high priority. These alerts included critical SAP-specific vulnerabilities, as well as well-known issues such as Heartbleed, Shellshock, Poodle and malware such as Zombie Zero. The Onapsis Research Labs has been instrumental in helping SAP AG identify and fix several critical vulnerabilities. This unique threat intelligence is provided to customers using the technology and methods invented and described in the patent, including: reconnaissance of the SAP landscapes through a variety of techniques; SAP-specific vulnerability scanning modules and techniques; technical checks over SAP systems; logical mapping of dependencies and interfaces between SAP systems; and performing technical security checks on target systems.

SAP enterprise applications house an organization’s most valuable and sensitive financial, HR and customer data and intellectual property, yet they are not protected from cyber threats and insider threats with traditional security approaches and controls. Approximately 75 percent of enterprise application attacks could be stopped if systems were patched for known vulnerabilities. Onapsis helps enterprises to reduce their attack surface, expedite attack discovery, and reduce time to remedies.

Onapsis at RSA

Onapsis is exhibiting at RSA Conference 2015 April 20th-24th at booth #1639. Demonstrations are available by appointment only. For more information or to make an appointment, please visit

On Wednesday, April 22nd Mariano Nunez will be presenting Attacks on Crown Jewels: SAP Vulnerabilities and Exploits, at 11:30 A.M. PST in North 133. For full session information please visit:

About Onapsis:

Onapsis provides the most comprehensive solutions for securing business-critical applications. As the leading experts in SAP cyber-security, Onapsis enables security and audit teams to have visibility, confidence and control of advanced threats, cyber-risks and compliance gaps targeting their enterprise applications.

Headquartered in Boston, MA., Onapsis serves over 160 Global 2000 customers, including 10 top retailers, 20 top energy firms and 20 top manufacturers. Onapsis solutions are also the de-facto standard for leading consulting and audit firms such as Accenture, IBM, Deloitte, E&Y, KPMG and PwC.

Onapsis solutions include the Onapsis Security Platform, which is the most widely-used SAP-certified cyber-security solution in the market. Unlike generic security products, Onapsis context-aware solutions deliver both preventative vulnerability and compliance controls, as well as real-time detection and incident response capabilities to reduce risks affecting critical business processes and data. Through open interfaces, the platform can be integrated with leading SIEM, GRC and network security products, seamlessly incorporating SAP applications into existing vulnerability, risk and incident response management programs.

These solutions are powered by the Onapsis Research Labs which continuously provide leading intelligence on security threats affecting SAP systems. Experts of the Onapsis Research Labs were the first to lecture on SAP cyber-attacks and have uncovered and helped fix hundreds of security vulnerabilities to-date affecting SAP Business Suite, SAP HANA and SAP Mobile deployments.

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